The University of Arizona
Helping to Solve the 9 Billion-People Question
Institute Profile
The Arizona Genomics Institute (AGI) was formed in 2002 when Dr. Rod A. Wing joined the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The primary focus of AGI is in the area of structural, evolutionary and functional genomics of crop plants where it has played significant roles is over 30 plant and animal genome projects. AGI is divided into 4 Centers each lead by a Center Leader (BAC/EST Library Construction & Resource Center, Sequencing & Physical Mapping Center [including: production sequencing and fingerprinting, and sequence finishing], Bioinformatics Center, and the Evolutionary and Functional Genomics Center). AGI is housed in the state of the art Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building on the northeast part of the UA campus near the Arizona Health Science Center. AGI currently employees about 14 scientists and is primarily funded through federal grants, private contracts, and the Bud Antle Endowed Chair in Plant Molecular Genetics.
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AGI is an Approved PacBio Certified Service Provider

The Arizona Genomics Institute recently acquired a Pacific Biosciences RSII state-of-the-art long-read sequencing instrument that is now available for service project sequencing. AGI has developed robust pipelines for sequencing whole genomes, transcriptomes and BAC clones. The technology was obtained as part of a collaborative project between AGI and the Shennong Center - National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement at Huazhong Agricultural University- PRC. The two groups have nearly completed platinum standard genome sequencing of two important rice cultivars using the Pacbio platform. Pacbio sequencing uses Single Molecule Real Time sequencing of large templates to produce up to 40kb read lengths.
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BAC/EST Resources Available for Distribution
Libraries: 365
Clones: 15,083,328

Submission to GenBank
Traces: 3,913,203
Sequences: 4,455,649 nucleotide
477,353 (All except GSS AND EST)
722,405 EST (Expressed Sequence Tags)
3,255,891 GSS (Genome Survey Sequence)
How can we solve world hunger with rice?
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Advancing rice varieties to feed burgeoning world Posted by webmaster

Lee Allen, Contributing Writer

It’s almost universally agreed that a perfect storm is developing and agriculture faces a gargantuan task - feeding the world’s population expected to approach the 10 billion mark by 2050.

And if that’s doable, the challenge is how to accomplish this while wrestling with variables including less land, water, farmer numbers, plus the impact of climate change.

The Arizona Genomics Institute (AGI) reports, “With increasing competition for land, water, and other resources, breeders must develop the next generation of crops that have less negative environmental impact and fewer input requirements.”

The Institute, based in Tucson adds, “Crops will be needed that grow with less water, fertilizer, pesticides, on poorer soils, and with less labor - and still produce high-yielding and highly-nutritious foods.”

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A portion of AGI's material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 102620.